Cecil The Lion: Lions Extinction
By: Hana, Nya, Emily
How does trophy hunting affect the population of lions?
Reading the article, “Zimbabweans can't understand why everyone is so upset over 'Cecil the lion' when there are so many bigger problems in the country,” some people are saying that the focus on the death of Cecil is too much and should be focus on more important things in their country. On the other hand, other people notice how important Cecil was and lions are to their country. For the people that think Zimbabwe should focus on better issues in their country, they are talking about the “water shortage, no electricity, and no jobs.” But also, lions are important for the country in order to attract tourist. Therefore, if lions are gone, Zimbabwe will not bring any tourist into their country and will not consume extra money from the tourist. If you look at the second picture in the article, there is a sign that has the doctor who killed Cecil with the zoo keeper and Cecil, it has written on it “illegally murders lions for fun! Justice for Zimbabwe.” This picture displays the frustration that the Zimbabweans have towards Dr. Walt Palmer, who killed Cecil, since there was no good reason for Cecil to die. The killing of innocent lions have been occurring for hundreds of years, and for this incident to be shown as an issue the world has is good, but some people think it isn’t as important as their country's economy.
Political Cartoon Explanation:
In this political cartoon, Cecil is being shown in a negative way by saying he should not be playing as the victim because he is the cause for an “innocent hunter’s” life to be “ruined”. Also, by having a group of people with notepads, pencils, and cameras shows that they are portraying as the news. Therefore, this topic, lions getting killed, has to be important since the news is interviewing the dead lion’s head. The lion’s head on the wall shows that the lion has been killed and is being displayed as a reminder of this death, like it is a trophy. Also, the lion’s face has an expression that it is shocked or afraid, which we can say that the expression that Cecil had when the doctor shot him stayed on his face. All in all, the cartoon is showing that the hunter that killed Cecil was innocent and that Cecil was ruining the hunter’s life after his death. Which makes no since when the lion was just minding his own business and the doctor had to go out of his way to kill the lion just for fun, and he knew how special Cecil was.
This map shows that in certain part of Africa where lions are vulnerable and are threatened by hunters, which makes it unsafe for them. I feel as if this map is important because it gives us a visual explanation of not only how lions are now threatened in Zimbabwe but of all of Africa. The creator of this map shows us the estimated population of lions in certain areas of Arica and he or she also shades in the zones of inhabited lions are located. The author of this map also gives us more information when he shows us to the side of his map and states that there were about 75,800 lions in 1980 but now has dropped to 30,000 in 2015, etc. I believe that this map relates to our topic because it shows us that there is not only a problem going on with lions going extinct because people are hunting the in Zimbabwe but there is a problem which is effecting all of Africa. This map is very detailed and I believe it gives us more than enough information.
Political Cartoon Explanation:
This map shows the hunting area borders in Zimbabwe. This map is important because it shows where people are allowed to legally hunt, where there is National Park or Game Reserve (can’t hunt there), and a campfire area (can’t hunt there either.) It relates to our topic because without this map of Zimbabwe, people could hunt on reserve or camping grounds and possibly kill a lion (amongst other animals) that is endangered. With this map, it strictly shows hunters where and where not to hunt.
This article explains the death of Cecil the lion. In this article the author tells the story about how Walter Palmer (dentist) lured a 13 year old African lion out of a Zimbabwean park to then be shot with a bow and arrow. Walter killed, skinned, and chopped the head off of Cecil, leaving his body to rot outside the town of Hwange. Palmer had paid $55,000 to a safari company to help assist him kill this lion (currently the two people that helped him have been taken into custody, but the hunter has not yet been located.) The Washington Post then went into great detail about how is is horrible that this tragic incident is going to become wildly popular and attract everyone’s attention only after the animal is dead. Later they talk about how Cecil’s 6 cubs will not survive long before another male becomes the “leader” and won’t encourage the 3 females to mate (a male lion does not want another lion’s cubs in the pack if they are not there to protect them. In situations like this, the new lion that steps into the “leader” role will often kill all remaining cubs if they are not theirs because they only want their offspring.) The author then goes on to talk about how bows and arrows are a new trending thing for hunters because there is very little laws about them. Finally, the author finished up the article by stating that when Palmer killed Cecil it ruined the studies of an Oxford University Research project that required the lion wear a GPS collar that tracked his movements.